From the Washington Post, in a fair and balanced (*ahem*) article on the effect of prayer on healing:
But supporters say that much about medicine remains murky or is explained only over time. They say, for example, that it was relatively recently that scientists figured out how aspirin works, although it has been in use for centuries.
“Yesterday’s science fiction often becomes tomorrow’s science,” said John A. Astin of the California Pacific Medical Center.
Proponents often cite a phenomenon from quantum physics, in which distant particles can affect each other’s behavior in mysterious ways.
“When quantum physics was emerging, Einstein wrote about spooky interactions between particles at a distance,” Krucoff said. “That’s at least one very theoretical model that might support notions of distant prayer or distant healing.”
Well yeah, it might support the notions of distant prayer or distant healing, except that it explicitly doesn’t support those notions since entanglement can’t be used to signal and hence can’t be used to influence distant objects in the way distant prayer or distant healing would. Argh!